Environment

6:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Michigan at Risk of Losing Money for Beach Testing

Department of Environmental Quality officials are critical of the new federal standards
Michigan could lose $266,000 this year in federal grant money that allows it to test waters at area beaches, because it hasnt adopted a tougher pollution standard that many claim will lead to unnecessary closings.
1:23 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Storm Produces Rare "Inland Tidal Wave" on Gun Lake

Storm caused water to rise dramatically on one end of lake
A severe thunderstorm Wednesday produced a seiche on Gun Lake, between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. A seiche is essentially similar to a tsunami, but on an inland lake, and much less devastating. A seiche forms when a sustained severe wind from one direction pushes more water on a lake to the other side of the lake.
6:08 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Federal Regulators Find "Insufficient Actions" to Improve Palisades Work Environment

NRC will discuss findings at open house on Thursday
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
COVERT TOWNSHIP, MI - Palisades Nuclear Power Plant did not "demonstrate a strong commitment to effectively improve" the safety culture in the "chilled work environment" in its security department, according to a letter the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent June 20 to plant management.
6:27 am
Tue June 24, 2014

West Michigan Researchers Work to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Farms

Team began study six years ago and released results earlier this month
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Researchers in West Michigan are looking to reduce the impact of agriculture on global warming through smarter and more efficient use of nitrogen-rich fertilizers.
WMUK News
12:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Program Lets Business Set PACE on Green Building

Andy Levin of Lean and Green Michigan speaks at the Kalamazoo Rotary Club meeting June 9.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Businesses can have a tough time borrowing money to make their buildings more energy-efficient. That’s where a variety of government programs that promote what’s called Property Assessed Clean Energy come in.

PACE programs let a property owner take on a special tax assessment for energy retrofits, allowing for longer repayment periods. Michigan’s PACE program covers a number of upgrades to commercial and industrial buildings and multifamily (though not single-family) homes.

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